Saturday, April 23, 2016

Cal men defeat USC, advance to first Pac-12 final

   The No. 3-seeded Cal men defeated No. 2 USC 4-1 on Friday in Ojai, Calif., to reach their first Pacific-12 Conference Championships final.
   No. 82 Billy Griffith, a sophomore from Fresno, provided the clincher with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over No. 59 Logan Smith on Court 3.
   Cal (17-5) will face No. 1 seed UCLA (21-2), which topped No. 4 Stanford 4-1.
   In women's singles, No. 1 seed Maegan Manasse of Cal will meet No. 4 Giuliana Olmos of USC and Fremont in the San Francisco Bay Area for a berth in Sunday's final.
   In the other semifinal, No. 3 seed and defending champion Catherine Harrison of UCLA will face No. 7 Lauren Marker of Arizona. Both defeated Stanford players.
   Harrison ended Krista Hardebeck's winning streak at 17 matches with a 6-2, 6-3 decision. Marker outlasted Caroline Doyle of San Francisco 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
   The top two doubles seeds, No. 1 Manasse and Denise Starr and No. 2 Taylor Davidson and Doyle, lost one-set matches in the first round and quarterfinals, respectively.
   Reaching the doubles semifinals in opposite halves of the draw were No. 4 Olmos and Gabby Smith and unseeded Melissa Lord and Carol Zhao of Stanford.
PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS
In Ojai, Calif.
Men
No. 16 Cal 4, No. 8 USC 1
Doubles
   1. Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat, Cal, def. Nick Crystal and Laurens Verboven, 7-6 (6).
   2. Max de Vroome and Thibault Forget, USC, def. Andre Goransson and Oskar Wikberg, 6-1.
   3. J.T. Nishimura (San Jose) and Mads Engsted, Cal, def. Rob Bellamy and Jake DeVine (Los Altos Hills), 6-3.
   Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
Singles
   1. No. 27 Florian Lakat, Cal, vs. No. 23 Max de Vroome, 4-6, 6-4, unfinished.
   2. No. 43 Nick Crystal, USC, def. No. 28 Andre Goransson, 6-4, 7-5.
   3. No. 82 Billy Griffith, Cal, def. No. 59 Logan Smith, 6-4, 6-2.
   4. Filip Bergevi, Cal, def. No. 106 Jake DeVine (Los Altos Hills), 6-3, 6-3.
   5. No. 122 Oskar Wikberg, Cal, led No. 117 Thibault Forget, 7-6 (4), 1-3, unfinished.
   6. J.T. Nishimura (San Jose), Cal, def. Laurens Verboven, 6-2, 6-4.
   Order of finish: 4, 6, 2, 3
No. 2 UCLA 4, No. 32 Stanford 1
Doubles
   1. No. 39 Tom Fawcett and Maciek Romanowicz, STanford, def. No. 5 Martin Redlicki and Mackenzie McDonald (Piedmont), 6-2.
   2. Nolan Paige and David Wilczynski, Stanford, def. Karue Sell and Joseph DiGiulio, 7-5.
   3. Maxime Cressy and Austin Rapp, UCLA, led Yale Goldberg and Sameer Kumar, 6-5, unfinished.
   Order of finish: 1, 2
Singles
   1. No. 10 Mackenzie McDonald (Piedmont), UCLA, def. No. 12 Tom Fawcett, 6-4, 6-3.
   2. No. 42 Martin Redlicki, UCLA, led Michael Genender 7-5, 4-3, unfinished.
   3. No. 55 Gage Brymer, UCLA, def. No. 77 David Wilczynski, 6-2, 6-4.
   4. No. 92 Karue Sell, UCLA, def. Nolan Paige, 6-2, 6-2.
   5. Logan Staggs (Tracy), UCLA, led Maciek Romanowicz, 6-3, 3-6, 1-0, unfinished.
   6. Joseph DiGiulio, UCLA, def. Sameer Kumar, 6-3, 6-1.
   Order of finish: 4, 6, 1, 3
Women
Singles quarterfinals
   Maegan Manasse (1), Cal, def. Desirae Krawczyk (8), Arizona State, 6-2, 6-3.
   Giuliana Olmos (4), USC/Fremont, def. Ebony Panoho, Arizona State, 6-1, 6-2.
   Catherine Harrison (3), UCLA, def. Krista Hardebeck, Stanford, 6-2, 6-3.
   Lauren Marker (7), Arizona, def. Caroline Doyle, Stanford/San Francisco, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
Doubles quarterfinals
   Alexandra Osborne and Ebony Panoho, Arizona State, def. Margo Pletcher and Brianna Turley, Utah, 7-5.
   Giuliana Olmos (Fremont) and Gabby Smith (4), USC, def. Trang Huynh and Victoria Matejevic, Washington State, 6-1.
   Melissa Lord and Carol Zhao, Stanford, def. Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips (3), UCLA, 7-6 (2).
   Nour Abbes and Miki Kobayashi, Washington, def. Taylor Davidson and Caroline Doyle (San Francisco) (2), Stanford, 7-5.

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